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Actor said of 2 slayings, 'I'm crazy and I did it,' transcripts show

May 25, 2012 |  7:49 pm

WozniakA community theater actor accused of killing two friends in an elaborate plot to frame one for the other's murder confessed to police immediately after his arrest, according to a grand jury transcript made public Friday.

“I'm crazy, and I did it,” Daniel Patrick Wozniak, 28, told a Costa Mesa detective after the 2010 killings, according to the testimony.

Wozniak, who was arrested at his own bachelor party just days after the crime, is accused of luring Samuel Herr to the Liberty Theater at the Los Alamitos air base and shooting him twice in the head.

He later beheaded the 26-year-old and dumped his friend's hands and head in a nature center at El Dorado Park in Long Beach, police said.

Using the dead man's cellphone, Wozniak then lured one of Herr's friend through a series of text messages to an apartment where he shot her -- trying to make it appear she had been slain by Herr, authorities said.

Juri “Julie” Kibuishi, 23, responded to the text messages, thinking it was Herr who wanted to meet with her, police said.

Wozniak, according to the transcripts, told police that he was motivated by money and knew that Herr had $50,000 in a savings account from his combat service in Afghanistan. Wozniak said he planned to slowly drain the account in $400 increments, detective told grand jurors.

An actor who had just wrapped up a month-long performance in the musical “Nine” at a community theater in Fullerton, Wozniak allegedly told detectives, “I killed Sam first, and then I killed Julie.”

Homicide Det. Mike Delgadillo testified that the actor said he asked Herr to help him move some items at the military theater and shot him in the head as he was bending over to lift a piece of furniture.

“At that point Sam fell to his knees, looked up at Mr. Wozniak and said, 'I have just been — something happened, I just got electrocuted,' " Delgadillo said.

Wozniak said he fired a second shot as his friend stared at him, Delgadillo testified.

During the grand jury hearing, detectives said a series of back-and-forth text messages showed that Wozniak -- pretending to be Herr -- later pleaded for Kibuishi to meet him at the apartment.

“Can you come over tonight at midnight alone. Going out for a bit. Very upset. Need to talk,” Wozniak wrote in one message, Det. Jose Morales told jurors.

Police said they later found Kibuishi face down on a bed, shot twice in the head. Someone had written “all yours, [expletive] you” in black marker on the back of her sweatshirt, police said.

Later in the police interview, “I asked [Wozniak] what was going on in his mind,” Delgadillo told jurors, “and he said he was just kind of laughing and smiling.”

Wozniak has been indicted on charges of murder, and prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty. He is expected in court Aug. 24.


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Photo: Daniel Patrick Wozniak. Credit: Daily Pilot